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RESULTS of the State of the Game Survey: September 2020
Hi all, It’s time for the results! Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond - we had over 1,750 responses, which is great! These insights wouldn’t be possible without your time and support. As always, neither myself nor this survey are associated with Intelligent Systems or Nintendo in any way. Please direct feedback about the game itself to the official channels. Now let’s get into it!
PreviousSurveyResults: April_2020_State_of_the_Game_Survey ~ Demographics ~ 53.8% began playing FE:H in February 2017, with 20.0% more joining during the first year of the game. 12.0% of respondents joined during the second year, 8.7% joined during the third, and 4.0% joined during the fourth year (the last ~7 months). The age range breakdown of respondents is as follows:
(2.6%) 12 – 15 years old
(15.0 %) 16 – 18 years old
(23.4 %) 19 – 21 years old
(21.8 %) 22 – 24 years old
(25.8 %) 25 – 30 years old
(8.2 %) 31 – 40 years old
(1.0 %) 40+ years old
75.8% of respondents identified as Male, 18.4% as Female, and 3.0% as Non-binary. 24.6% of respondents have never missed a daily login, while a further 38.8% have missed less than a month’s worth of logins, 11.7% missed 1-2 months, 9.9% missed 3-6 months, 5.8% missed 7-12 months, and 4.7% missed over a year’s worth. 33.5% report being F2P, while 28.7% have spent less than $100, 18.3% spent between $100 - $499, 7.3% spent between $500 - $999, and 8.7% have spent over $1000. 46.6% last spent money on FE:H during the fourth year of the game (the last 3 months), while 6.6% last spent money during the third year of the game, 5.8% last spent during the second year of the game, and 5.1% last spent money during the first year of the game. ~ Summoning ~ “Which of the following banners have you used orbs on at least once?”
~ Summoning Mechanics ~ 33.7% spent orbs on the Hero Fest banner AFTER Intelligent Systems announced how they would be compensating players for the Hero Fest banner glitch, compared to 61.7% who did not. 30.5% say that knowing about the compensation for the Hero Fest banner glitch caused them to spend more orbs on the banner than they would have otherwise, compared to 41.5% who say it did not. 28.0% did not spend orbs on the Hero Fest banner. 34.3% feel positively or very positively about the quality of 4* focuses on regular banners, compared to 26.9% who feel negatively or very negatively. 69.7% feel positively or very positively about the quality of 4* focuses on seasonal banners, compared to 7.8% who feel negatively or very negatively. 53.8% report that the system guaranteeing a free 5* after 40 summons generally makes them summon more, while 5.4% report that it generally makes them summon less and 36.1% report no change in their summoning habits on New Heroes banners. “If all New Heroes Banners used the permanent 40-summons-for-a-guaranteed-5* system that CYL4 used, how would your orb-spending habits on New Heroes banners change?”
(1.8%) I would spend fewer orbs than I did before
(22.3%) I would spend the same amount of orbs I usually do
(10.3%) I would spend more orbs than I did before
(62.2%) My spending would depend more on the Heroes offered
~ Choose Your Legends IV ~ “Which CYL4 Brave Heroes have you summoned, whether from the guaranteed choice banner or the regular banner?”
Of the summoning milestones on the CYL4 banner:
(20.2%) did not reach any of these summoning milestones
(79.7%) reached 40 summons
(41.0%) reached 80 summons
(19.8%) reached 120 summons
(11.1%) reached 160 summons
45.7% say that the free 5* hero at 40, 80, 120 and 160 summons caused them to spend more on CYL4 than they would have otherwise, while 50.3% say it did not. 22.8% say that the potential use of a new Brave Hero in future F2P Guides for content such as Hero Battles influenced their Brave Heroes summons, compared to 74.0% who say it did not. “If you could only get ONE of the new Brave Heroes, which one would you choose?”
“Which Brave Hero do you believe is the overall strongest?”
“Which Brave Hero do you believe is the overall weakest?”
“Which Brave Hero do you believe has the best art?”
“Which set of Brave Heroes is your favorite overall?”
23.6% feel positively or very positively about the addition of Jorge as the CYL4 GHB hero, compared to 33.0% who feel negatively or very negatively. 86.3% believe CYL5 should add further protections against vote botting, compared to 4.4% who do not. 70.1% believe CYL5 should require Nintendo Account sign-in to vote, compared to 12.6% who do not. ~ Feh Pass and Resplendent Heroes ~ 41.2% feel negatively about the addition of the Feh Pass (down 15.8% from the last survey), compared to 11.6% who feel positively (up 1.5% from the last survey). 46.1% are neutral (up 14.3% from the last survey). 40.2% have purchased the Feh Pass, compared to 59.8% who have not. This is a 9.5% increase compared to the last survey, following a 6.7% increase before that. Of those who have subscribed to Feh Pass, 17.4% have purchased Resplendent Heroes separately (up 12.9% from the last survey), compared to 82.6% who have not. “Which Resplendent Hero has your favorite art?”
“Which Resplendent outfit theme is your favorite?”
~ Miscellaneous ~ 15.8% feel positively about the introduction of Harmonized Heroes, compared to 31.3% who feel negatively. 29.5% have a Harmonized Hero, compared to 70.1% who do not. 14.6% feel positively or very positively about the Resonant Battles game mode, compared to 51.5% who feel negatively or very negatively. 4.6% say that the Resonant Battles game mode influenced them to pull for Harmonized Heroes, compared to 94.5% who say it has not. 34.8% believe the new Arena maps are better than the maps they replaced, while 7.4% believe they are worse, and 36.7% believe they are about the same. “How often do you use Auto Dispatch in Aether Raids?”
(34.3%) All of them, always
(0.2%) All of them, in Light Season
(3.6%) All of them, in Astra season
(24.3%) Only sometimes
(37.6%) I never use it
“IV Mango” is the preferred term for Trait Fruit according to 32.2% of respondents, followed by “IVcado” at 28.9%, “Fruit” at 7.6%, and “Dragonfruit” at 6.6%. The remaining 24.7% prefer to just call them Trait Fruit. 39.3% say they will use their first Trait Fruits on a Heroic Grails unit, while 32.9% say they will use them on a Summonable unit, and 1.3% say they will use them on an Askr unit. 58.7% prefer Stat Boosts for Legendary Heroes, compared to 26.3% who prefer Pair-Up. 56.5% generally prefer Regular Duo Heroes, compared to 8.8% who prefer Harmonized Duo Heroes. 1.8% say that the update that raised the minimum hardware/software required to play the game affected their ability to play FE:H, compared to 95.8% who say it did not. ~ Recurring Miscellaneous ~ “Which game do you want a New Heroes banner from the most?”
(26.0%) Three Houses (-1.9%)
(9.7%) Radiant Dawn (+0.5%)
(7.7%) Sacred Stones (+0.2%)
(7.5%) Awakening (-3.1%)
(6.4%) Genealogy of the Holy War (-1.3%)
(6.1%) Path of Radiance (-0.9%)
(6.0%) Gaiden / Shadows of Valentia (+2.7%)
(5.9%) TMS #FE (+1.9%)
(5.4%) Blazing Blade (+1.3%)
(5.0%) Fates (+1.0%)
(4.2%) Thracia 776 (+0.8%)
(2.4%) Binding Blade (+0.6%)
(0.8%) Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light / Shadow Dragon (-1.0%)
(0.8%) Mystery of the Emblem / New Mystery of the Emblem (-1.1%)
“How much do you care about your rank in the following modes?”
(2.90/5.00 average) Arena
(2.82/5.00 average) Aether Raids
(2.48/5.00 average) PvE game modes with player ranking boards
(1.82/5.00 average) Arena Assault
“How have recent changes to FE:H changed your opinion on the game as a whole?”
(39.3%) My opinion was positive and has stayed positive
(5.7%) My opinion used to be negative, but has turned positive
(9.9%) My opinion used to be positive, but has turned negative
(5.1%) My opinion was negative and has stayed negative
~ Intelligent Systems Approval Ratings ~ The approval ratings are calculated by the proportion of Approve responses compared to the number of both Approve and Disapprove responses. Percent who approve of the way Intelligent Systems is handling:
74.6% - The addition of new heroes / characters to the game (+11.9)
69.4% - The gacha mechanics and summoning banners (+5.5)
59.2% - The story/plot (+9.4)
85.2% - Unranked PvE game modes (Hero Battles, Forging Bonds, Tactics Drills, Lost Lore, Hall of Forms) (-1.2)
50.7% - Ranked PvE game modes (Voting Gauntlets, Tempest Trials, Grand Conquest, Allegiance Battles, Rokkr Sieges, Mjolnir's Strike) (-2.6)
34.6% - Arena (-6.2)
48.0% - Arena Assault (+6.7)
45.8% - Aether Raids (+12.7)
40.5% believe Intelligent Systems cares about its Free to Play userbase (up 10.1% from the last survey), while 34.7% do not. This continues the upward trend from the previous survey, bringing us to 8.8% down from where we were before the February drop). 42.9% approve of the way Intelligent Systems is handling Fire Emblem: Heroes as a whole (up 14.8% from the last survey), while 16.9% disapprove. This continues the upward trend from the previous survey, bringing us to only 2.5% down from where we were before the February drop).
A NOTE ABOUT METHODOLOGY: The overall approval ratings question above has traditionally been the exact percent of Approve responses, as a proportion with both Neutral and Disapprove responses. Note that this is different than the way approval is calculated for individual modes (the proportion of Approve responses compared to the number of both Approve and Disapprove responses), where Neutral responses are excluded. The difference in calculation has continued this way in order to maintain comparability with previous survey results. For comparisons sake, the overall approval rating trend going by raw Approval percentage over the last 4 surveys is: 50.6% (Dec) -> 22.9% (Feb) -> 28.1% (Apr) -> 42.9% (Sept) Whereas the overall approval rating trend going by proportion of Approve/Disapprove with the Neutrals excluded over the last 4 surveys is: 82.2% (Dec) -> 41.0% (Feb) -> 51.3% (Apr) -> 71.7% (Sept).
~ Bonus Questions ~ “Who is your Favorite Hero added since the last survey?”
Dimitri (Brave) is the winner, followed by Edelgard (Brave), then Claude (Brave).
“What would be the best Harmonized Hero (a pair of two heroes from different games) and why?”: Rather than selecting a subset of responses this time, the link below is to a google sheet of almost all unique responses. I cleaned it up a little bit to remove “idk” type answers, duplicates, and partial string duplicates, so don’t worry if you don’t see your exact response in it. [Full Responses]. ~ Feedback ~ As always, I received lots of great feedback, both in your survey responses and in the thread itself. A heartfelt thank you to all participants for your encouragements and criticisms - these surveys wouldn’t be where they are without your feedback. But it’s not all serious; feedback messages also included:
“There once was a CYL4 banner / That hit my orbs hard like a hammer / The very next day / FloomMom Duo came our way / Now I'm stuck bartering with a loan planner”
“bonk, go to survey jail”
“Am I also allowed to put in "Norne and Azura" for a Harmonized Hero pair? No reason.”
“Brace yourself. Winter (armours) are coming!” “Brave Hector's refine has made me so very happy with it's inclusion. Go shove your bow up your butt Legendary Chrom.”
“Give me villager alts or give me death”
“I expect the next survey to come with +12 to attack, null follow up, and special cooldown reduction.”
“The true best Harmonized Hero would be Azura and Roy since it would make me uninstall the game and never want to play a gacha ever again”
“My headcanon for the dream storyline is that the evil fairies have the Summoner off picking up pebbles that look like orbs. Fredrickson would be proud.”
“Where's the most wanted unit to add to the game question so I can shout my want for Seteth into the void?”
“I no longer dab, for Legendary Seliph has finally appeared.”
And greetings from Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Russia, South Korea, Sweden, the UK, Vietnam, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Toronto, and St. Louis, as well as from many fictional locations!
And some personal/meta comments:
“Any chance we end up seeing another Super Serious Survey in the not-so-distant future?” -> I could not believe it’s been over a year since the last one! We’ll have to do one soon!
“Feels like the end of an era, not having to count all my five stars” -> I know, right? I may have it return in a side survey for the most hardcore of respondents at some point, since some people are asking about it and it would be good to get data on it every once in a while.
“I was looking through your Nornes skills and saw you haven't given her live for bounty yet! It's the best skill for her, what are you doing!?” -> I am a fraud :( I have given her Live for Honor though :P
“What do you hope for in FEH?” -> Norne alt, Resplendent Jaffar, and Shamir
Multiple people mentioned that they had returned after a long break and were surprised to see Norne instead of Azura! Welcome back!
I also missed a bunch of other possible Trait Fruit nicknames, which I knew would inevitably happen. Sorry!
Note: Please don’t ask me to feature your feedback comment; it’s the only guaranteed way to not have your comment added! Finally, the suggestion to have separate options for serious vs non-serious feedback was a good idea, I’ll try that out on the next survey! ~ Closing Remarks ~ If you missed out on responding to this survey when it was available, consider subscribing to FEHSurveys. This subreddit serves as a place to organize FE:H-related surveys, make new releases more visible, and make it easier for users to see when surveys are active. Thanks again to everyone who participated! I hope you find the results interesting, and if there’s anything else you think can be discovered from the data, let me know and I’ll do my best to oblige!
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Hello everyone, Terraria is a game I hold very dearly; I've been playing it for 8 years of my life and it's even the reason I signed up for Steam back in the day. This game's given me so much joy and entertainment, and I want to give something back while I still have a chance. For years now I've had a document where I wrote down ideas I had for the game, oftentimes things that felt missing, such as all the new uses for Amber that just got added to bring it in line with the other gems. 1.4 is the last major update to the game, but we know there's at least one more small patch coming to the game to add in the vanity contest winners, and then after that who knows, most likely not much after that. So I wanted to finally post my collective thoughts over the years and see what you all think, and hopefully/possibly this post could make the rounds and find its way to the right set of eyeballs to make something real happen with it. I know it's wishful thinking, but even if nothing comes of it perhaps some intrepid modder(s) could find some things of use here. So without further ado, here's everything that I think feel missing and could be added to the game to make things the littlest bit more cohesive and fleshed out: -Terraria Ideas: ⦁ Beating the game (Moon Lord) lets you select your ore types when generating new worlds, including which ores you'll get in Hardmode, much like how beating the Wall of Flesh used to be the unlock trigger for World Evil Selection at World Creation. Perhaps for simplicity's sake maybe just make it a binary choice between the classic ores and the new ores for pre-hardmode and hardmode, so you’d just need 4 little buttons and a random for two choices. ⦁ New Items: Nebula Hook, Solar Hook, Vortex Hook, and Stardust Hook - Made from their respective type of lunar fragments. The purpose of this is so you can have the option of using one hook design from the Lunar Hook instead of all 4 of them. They should each have 3 arms, travel 35 blocks, and glow their respective color like the lunar hook parts do. ⦁ New (Old) Items: Ancient Furnace and Ancient Hellforge, generated rarely in underground cabins and the underworld, respectively. Each is functionally identical to their current counterparts, but they each use the old pre 1.2 pizza-oven looking sprites. ⦁ New (Old) Item: Ancient Blade of Grass - Made using the same recipe and has the same stats as the Blade of Grass but made at a demon/crimson altar and uses the old sprite, in much the same was as the Ancient Hallowed Armor. Compatible with the Night's Edge Crafting Recipe. ⦁ New Item: Mirrored Visor, made from the blindfold and the pocket mirror, replaces the blindfold in the Ankh's crafting recipe. Ankh and Ankh shield now also protect against Stoned Debuff to reflect this. ⦁ Add Hand Warmer into the Ankh's Crafting Recipe, Ankh and Ankh Shield now protect against Frozen as well as Chilled. ⦁ New Item: Charm of Life - Combination of the Cross Necklace with the Charm of Myths, combines their effects. ⦁ New Items: A reinforced door that cannot be forced open/broken down by enemies as easily as a regular door that is made out of iron/lead and wood, and another even stronger door that is made out of a hardmode material that is completely unbreakable/openable by enemies. ⦁ New Items: Purple, Pink, and Red Snow Blocks - Surface Snow biomes can be corrupted/crimsoned/hallowed like deserts and underground ice biomes. ⦁ New Items: Corrupt/hallowed/crimson jungle grass on mud, so jungle no longer gets converted to dirt blocks when taken over and ruined. Green Solution turns it back to Jungle Grass. ⦁ Sprite Change: The King Slime Mask should have a little crown on it to match with the boss’ new sprite and the Queen Slime Mask, then maybe keep the old one in as an Ancient King Slime mask, or move it to a rare drop from regular slime enemies and call it the Slime Mask. ⦁ New Item: Pink Banner - This way all team colors are represented along with the other red, blue, green and yellow banners that existed before the pink team was added, crafted the same way as them, just for consistency. ⦁ New Item: Four Leaf Clover - A hardmode Information Accessory that Displays your current Luck Value. I think it should be a hardmode accessory since it would only be obtainable late into the game, and since the Luck value is supposed to be a secret and mysterious thing, this aspect of it would be maintained for a while. ⦁ New Item: Charmed Phone - Crafted by combining the Cell Phone with the Four Leaf Clover. This lucky combination brings the number of information points displayed up from the Cell Phone's 12 up to an ironic 13. The name being a pun on charmed as in enchanted but also the sprite would be the cell phone with a little shamrock charm hanging off it. I like it being a new item instead of the Four Leaf Clover being retroactively added to the PDA’s recipe because this doesn’t impede acquiring the PDA/Cell Phone pre-hardmode, then later the Clover can be added to it. ⦁ New Items: Pearl Necklace, Black Pearl Necklace, Pink Pearl Necklace - A series of 3 visual accessories that when equipped provide a small passive bonus to the Luck Value, increasing in strength according to the rarity of the pearls used, the necklaces do not stack with themselves or each other, the largest benefit you have equipped is the one used, Pearl Necklace < Black Pearl Necklace < Pink Pearl Necklace. This gives the player something else to do with Pearls that is both aesthetically and mechanically beneficial. ⦁ Santa Claus de-spawning instead of dying when Christmastime ends, with a departure message like the traveling merchant, just for consistency. ⦁ Combining music boxes into a jukebox that can play any song in the game with a UI to select the song. ⦁ There is little reason the Candy Cane Hook should have the lime rarity as it is worse than a lot of the other pre-hardmode hooks. You could argue that it's because it is only available during Christmas which makes it really rare, but the Bat Hook obtained during Halloween is about as rare but is actually better and sells for less, and it only has a rarity of orange. I realize this is a huge nitpick. ⦁ Sound Effect Change: When you take damage while wearing the full creeper costume, you should make a hiss noise instead of the usual hurt sound, similar to the necro armor and frost armor alternate hurt sounds. ⦁ The Witch Doctor should only sell Corrupted/Crimson Fountains on worlds that have that respective world evil, instead of always selling both. ⦁ The Armored Viking should be able to drop the Viking Helmet so that it isn't hard to acquire once hardmode starts since Undead Vikings start spawning much less at that point. ⦁ Sprite Change: The undead miner should be re-skinned to be wearing the mining clothes, especially since it drops them. ⦁ UI Change: Add a star icon to the top-right corner of completed bestiary entries. ⦁ Mechanics/Balance Change: Having multiple frog leg tinkers to not stack their frog leg effect to make them consistent with things like boot, bottle, balloon, and celestial stone tinkers. ⦁ Increase Hallowed Hood's Armor Rating up from 1, perhaps like 3-4? It has a weirdly low defense value. ⦁ Mechanics Change: Change Sunflowers and Peace Candles to not affect the spawn rates of Critters and other peaceful creatures, just hostile ones. ⦁ UI Change: Change Default Character Difficulty back to Classic, not Journey, I've made so many characters in 1.4 that I've had to delete and Re-do because I keep forgetting that it doesn't default to normal anymore. ⦁ Have the Steampunker sell the world evil Clentaminator Biome of the opposite world evil on Blood Moons/Solar Eclipses if she's in a graveyard during them, much like how the Dryad now sells the alternate world evil seeds in a graveyard. ⦁ Have Oasis Crates also contain Pyramid loot so the pyramids' items can be obtained on any world, even if you didn't get any Pyramids or didn't get the loot you wanted. -Achievement Ideas: ⦁ …Do Us Part. - Kill the bride (Matches with The Groom's Achievement of "Till Death...") ⦁ Royal Radiance - Defeat the Empress of Light ⦁ Say Hello to My Little Friend! - Obtain and use your first pet summoning item. ⦁ Speedrunner - Kill any Boss on the first night. ⦁ Mimicry - Defeat a mimic ⦁ Terraria-Mobile - Craft the Cell Phone ⦁ What are Those? - Craft the Terraspark Boots, the ultimate footwear for any adventurer. ⦁ All-Shielding Ankh - Craft the Ankh Shield, the ultimate defense against all harm. ⦁ Royal Delicacy - Defeat Queen Slime, the lady of all things slimy (Matches with King Slime’s Achievement description). ⦁ Journey's End - Craft the Zenith, the ultimate blade made from the blades along the way. ⦁ Dungeon Defender - Defeat the Old One's Army for the first time. ⦁ Dungeon Defender II - Defeat the Old One's Army at its strongest. ⦁ But Why? - Craft a toilet from cactus. ⦁ What a Waste - Craft a Terra Toilet, the ultimate Hero's Throne. ⦁ Celebrate Good Times - Attend a Party ⦁ A Peaceful Night... - Earn your first lantern night, a celebration of a major victory. ⦁ What're You Buying? - Purchase an item from the Skeleton Merchant -Less Reasonable/More Intensive Ideas: ⦁ Dye plants and strange plants can be broken with any weapon just like herbs and grass. ⦁ Corruption/hallow/crimson jungle, ocean, and snow biomes specific enemies like the dark and light mummies for the desert. ⦁ The more people you’ve got on a server, the more hit points the bosses have, scale the boss difficulty with player count on all difficulties. ⦁ There really should be a way to upgrade the summoner emblem into something better, as mages get the celestial emblem, warriors get the Mechanical Glove/Fire Gauntlet, and rangers get the sniper scope. ⦁ Expand the wooden crates loot table to include more wooden chest items. ⦁ Sand Mimic for the Underground Desert, Jungle Mimic for the Underground Jungle, both matching appearance and size with the Ice Mimic but brown and green in color. Respectively. ⦁ New Item: Frozen Hero Shield, crafted from the Frozen Shield and the Flesh Knuckles, the Hero Shield and the Frozen Turtle Shell, or the Frozen Shield and the Hero Shield, combining the effects of the three initial items used to make it. ⦁ Re-add old Stardust Guardian Down-Down Sentry functionality on top of the new current function so it can passively defend the player when it's with them or defend a particular area it's sent to if you want it to with punches and the old explosion attack, because these two functions don’t clash with each other. ⦁ Add the Dunerider Boots to the crafting recipe of the Terraspark boots along with the Lava Waders and Frostspark Boots, add the Dunerider boots effects to the Terraspark Boots. ⦁ Purist - Cleanse your world of all the evil of the Corruption/Crimson and Hallow. I'm hesitant about an achievement for doing this because it would be quite tedious to accomplish even with the Clentaminator, so it might not be a good idea. Alright, wasn't that quite the long read? Congratulations on making it to the end! Anyone feel free to share this around, I would love for this little post to accomplish something, thanks everyone! Oh and please let me know in the comments what you think and if you've got any ideas yourselves. tl;dr - love game, game good, here things EDIT, later additional thoughts: ⦁ New Item: Treasure Ring - Made from the Greedy Ring and the Treasure Magnet, combines their effects. ⦁ New Item: Underworld Tackle Bag - Made from the Angler Tackle Bag and the Lavaproof Fishing Hook, combines their functions. None of its effects stack with the angler tackle bag, but it does stack with an Angler Earring. ⦁ New Item: Bottomless Honey Bucket - Obtained from fishing in Honey in Hardmode. ⦁ New Item: Honey Absorbant Sponge - Obtained From Fishing in Honey in Hardmode. ⦁ New Item: Multi-Absorbant Sponge - Crafted From all 3 Absorbant Sponges, can absorb any liquid. ⦁ New Item: Multi-Bottomless Bucket - Crafted from all 3 Bottomless Buckets, right click to cycle which liquid will be poured with left click. ⦁ Old Item: Re-add the Orb of Light, have it be made by crafting with the Shadow Orb and purification powder, for those who care about it. ⦁ New Item: Shadowflame Whip - Dropped by the Goblin Summoner, inflicts shadowflame debuff in some form. ⦁ Mechanics Change: Make Whips benefit from flasks just like how they benefit from the Titan Glove line by gaining autoswing. Change the Cool Whip Snowflake projectile to inflict Frostburn, which makes sense item-wise since it’s made from a Frost Core. These two changes combined with the new Whip above enable Summoners to inflict all the melee debuffs as well.
(Spoilers Extended) How ASOIAF Makes Use of the Principle of Antagonism
In Story, Robert McKee presents what he calls the Principle of Antagonism:
A protagonist and the story can only be as intellectually fascinating and emotionally compelling as the forces of antagonism make them.
This isn't about the protagonist having a compelling antagonist, but rather about the depth of antagonism against the protagonist's central values. If a character seeks wealth, then the story is as compelling as the forces pushing him away from that and towards poverty. If they seek love and family, then it's the forces driving them towards isolation. At the core of the principle is that antagonism isn't binary. McKee describes four states a value can be in, the Positive, Contradictory, Contrary, and Negation of the Negation. To simplify the terms though, I'll call these the Positive, Negative, Middle, and Hell. Think of the hell scenario as the monkey's paw perversion of the central value; it has the superficial markings of victory, but is a fate worse than death. If a character seeks romantic love, the positive outcome is going to be a typical rom-com romantic ending. The middle ground might be not "getting the girl," but strengthening important friendships. The negative ending is isolation from the object of affection. Hell is a loveless, unfaithful marriage. In a detective story, the positive is bringing the bad guy to justice, the negative is the bad guy escaping, hell is a bigger bad using a fall guy and ending up with even greater power, and the middle ground is the True Detective Season 1 "the dark has more territory, but the light is winning" outcome. For a story to be fully engaging, we need to see each of these states in play -- they won't all necessarily come to pass during the story, but the audience needs to be able to understand what each of these outcomes would be like. When we look at the central values in A Song of Ice and Fire, we can then break out the four states of that value and see how as an audience we're cognizant of what those would be like -- and should we ever underestimate Hell, we're given it in full force. For ASOIAF, three core values are Justice, Life, and Family. Justice While ASOIAF is short on dispensing justice, we're never really left doubting what justice would look like. Let's take the question of Robert's succession. In the positive outcome, Ned would have taken Joffrey and Cersei into custody, protected them, installed Stannis on the throne (with a guarantee to at least protect Cersei's children, though perhaps not her for her treason against Robert), and Renly serving as Hand and softening Stannis's reign. The middle ground is Joffrey is king and Cersei holding sway, but their worst impulses checked by Tyrion, Tywin, Kevan, and the other non-psychopaths at court. The wrong person sits on the throne, but the realm is in truth ruled by a competent council. The negative outcome is one where Joffrey is not only on the throne, but where his commands are obeyed and go unchecked. It's a reign where he no longer needs to say "I am the king." Hell is Stannis winning against Joffrey at King's Landing, defeating the Lannister forces, and then turning his army to destroy Robb, naming him traitor and usurper. Life Jon Snow's been beating this drum since Craster's Keep: the real war in ASOIAF is between the living and the dead. Melisandre has the same message, and (show) Syrio tells us there is only one god, the god of death to whom we say "Not today." Positive: The maximum number of people not only live, but have (to borrow from Band of Brothers) long and happy lives in peace. Middle: The Battle for the Dawn is won, and the realm returns to peace, but with significant losses. The realm survives, broken, but ready to be rebuilt as the new spring comes. Call it "bittersweet." Negative: The Battle for the Dawn is lost, and the realm turns into a land of perpetual living death. Hell: The Battle for the Dawn is won, but Daenerys turns mad queen and reigns through fire and blood. All the victories paid for with the deaths of good and brave soldiers reap only more death. The wheel is stronger than ever. Family The Stark family being split when Ned goes South, Jon Snow finding a new brotherhood, Cersei's love for Jaime and her children, and even Daenerys with her dragons, the series has always had family at its core. Looking at the Starks specifically though during the War of the Five Kings, we can see all the different possibilities: Positive: The Lannisters accept Robb's peace terms (after some more bargaining, of course), Sansa is returned home and with peace restored, Arya makes it back as well. Catelyn gets to watch Bran riding Dancer, and when she learns about Jon's role in getting the saddle made she stops being so horrible to him the few times he's able to visit. Middle: Robb and Catelyn die at the Twins, but Arya, Sansa, Bran, Rickon and Jon live on and are reunited, though only briefly before moving on. Negative: They all either die or are scattered to the wind, never seeing each other again, never knowing what happened to anyone else, and not even knowing who is alive or dead. Hell: Some of the surviving Starks are reunited, only to then betray each other. Or, quite possibly, Arya learns that the Brotherhood Without Banners is lead by Catelyn under the name Lady Stoneheart. She finally gets reunited with her mother only to then learn she's an empty, vengeful shell of the woman who'd raised her (and Arya is prevented from ending LSH). (Show) Sansa's return to Winterfell is a hell outcome. It Can't Always Be Hell While the hell option is certainly one of the things that makes ASOIAF stand out as being particularly brutal, all hell all the time gets really monotonous. Even Doom needs to spend time on Mars and Earth. It's enjoyable to have your emotional muscles stretched by being given events beyond what you thought possible (hey, the Bolton Northmen are retaking Winterfell!), but too much and it becomes one-note. While no one is really expecting a happy ending to the series, it's not out of the realm of possibility that one of the central values the series is concerned with will find its way to a positive outcome. Perhaps justice wins out the day, but at a high cost in life and personal sacrifice. Similar to the end of Lord of the Rings (and I ain't talking about Aragorn's tax policies):
I tried to save the Shire, and it has been saved, but not for me. It must often be so, Sam, when things are in danger: some one has to give them up, lose them, so that others may keep them.
The value of peace in LotR hits the positive state, but the value of friendship lands at a bittersweet middle, and the sense of wonder and exploration and magic is actually at a negative as the Elves leave Middle Earth, the Ents have no sign of the Entwives, and the Fourth Age is one of peace, but not of magic. So What Happened With The Show? I believe one of the weaknesses in the final season was that too many of the outcomes were a forgone conclusion to the point where our minds don't dwell on the other possibilities. The Night King will be defeated, either in episode 3 or 4, though we don't know exactly how or how great (or insignificant) the losses will be -- we expect a positive or middle outcome. Dany will defeat Cersei but be killed by Jon afterwards -- we expect Jon and Dany will both go through hell. The issue is not just that we've seen the ending, but that the show (largely because of pacing, I suspect) doesn't invite us to truly contemplate a full range of outcomes. By comparison, the novels are rich with possibility, even when we know what's going to happen. These possibilities are baked into the text and the character's thoughts. Will Joffrey reign, and if so, will he be checked by Tyrion as acting Hand? What if the war ends and Sansa is ransomed, but Arya remains missing? Will Daenerys decide that Slaver's Bay is her true home and kingdom? In A Clash of Kings, when Stannis commands Davos to smuggle Melisandre into Storm's End, they discuss the nature of the future, and the fact that Melisandre has seen multiple conflicting ends:
Stand before the nightfire and you'll see for yourself. The flames shift and dance, never still. The shadows grow tall and short, and every man casts a dozen. Some are fainter than others, that's all. Well, men cast their shadows across the future as well. One shadow or many. Melisandre sees them all.
The novels are so keenly engaging because we're asked to think about the many different futures that may come about. The show ended with a more fatalistic view, to borrow from Dead Poets Society, it was less "every many casts a dozen shadows" and more "'Twas always thus, and always thus will be." For more adventures in getting drunk midday, turning to random pages in Story and making it apply to ASOIAF, check out The Quill and Tankard.
Visitor's Guide to Detroit Red Wings hockey at Little Caesers Arena 2019-2020
Welcome to the 2019-2020 Detroit Red Wings season. This is the third version of this guide to help out visitors looking for some information from locals about Little Caesers Arena (LCA) and surrounding area in Detroit. I hope you find it helpful. Suggestions welcome!
Safety around the LCA as well as nearby Detroit city streets is very good. Detroit has a reputation of having high crime however in the 25+ years I've been going to games in downtown Detroit I've never felt threatened for my safety. Inside and outside the LCA main entrances are police as well as Olympia Security before, during, and after the game. The streets around the LCA and out to the restaurants and hotels are walkable. But like in any modern city don't go down the sketchy dark streets. Stay on the well-lit streets. Park in a structure or lot and not on a dark side street. Lock your car doors. Don't leave visible items inside the car. In other words don't be a victim.
A guided tour of the LCA is available by scheduling in advance on specific dates. Check the LCA tours webpage for more information on prices and scheduling.
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, or at the LCA box office, or through a reseller like Stubhub or even Ticketmaster's Ticket Exchange. Join the mailing list and check out the Red Wings social media for short notice deals like student and military rush ticket pricing and Fan Packs. Be advised the special offers are typically for low demand games like weekdays. Friday and Saturday games especially near holidays or against Canadian teams are high demand and typically not going to have special offers. These games will most likely not have cheap seats even on the reseller market. Starting last season the LCA has changed to mobile tickets only so no more paper tickets. Check out the mobile ticketing guides for more information. There are mobile ticket assistance street teams at the main entrances if you have an issue onsite.
There is a promotional schedule of in-arena giveaways for specific home games. These giveaways are given to entrants at the door after ticket scan until supplies run out. You can get these even at the restaurants if you entered through their doors. If there is a giveaway item that you really want I recommend being at the doors as close to opening as possible. The longer after doors open the less likely you are to get them item.
Joe Louis Arena is activaly being torn down right now. It should be completed by the end of 2019, maybe sooner. If you want a last glimpse, head over to 19 Steve Yzerman Dr, Detroit, MI 48226.
There are a variety of hotels in Detroit ranging in prices from high at the Westin Book Cadillac to lower at the Holiday Inn Express next door to the Westin. Nearby casinos such as the Ilitch-owned Motor City Casino or MGM offer free shuttle to the LCA or short 8 block walk. Check out TripAdvisor Detroit hotels for additional lodging options. My hotel experience is very limited in Detroit because I have no reason to stay in them so post your hotel tips in the comments below.
The LCA has a variety food options (pizza, shawarma, burritos, salads, sammiches, pulled pork, grilled cheese, etc.) inside but they are all at a premium price. The free game day program at the LCA contains a map. In my experience the best bang for your buck is the chicken pita from The Coop. If you want a complete Ilitch experience then get a slice or whole pie of Little Caesars pizza. Detroit is a foodie town and there are many options to choose from outside the arena. If it is your first time to Detroit or haven't been there yet I recommend getting an iconic coney island hot dog from American or LafayettePROTIP: Lafayette. Check out the /detroit sidebar for more Detroit restaurant suggestions. There are simply too many to list here so suggest your favorites in the comments below.
Harry’s Bar and Temple Bar are neighborhood bars that are within a 2 block walking distance to the LCA if you want to drink and hangout with fans before or after. The /detroit sidebar has more bar suggestions in and around the city. PROTIP: take the QLINE streetcar (US$1.50/3 hours) to the Canfield stop and quaff a few brews over crack fries at HopCat then take the QLINE south 2 stops (10 blocks) to the LCA stop at Sproat St. Got favorite bar in the area? Post in the comments below.
If you're rich and want convenience, park at the LCA VIP parking structure. It may be pricier (US$45 as of 2019-09-17) but it is a comfortable sheltered stroll to the LCA. If you are up for a short walk and would like to save a buck park at the MGM Casino or Motor City Casino for free. From there you can walk 8 blocks or take their free shuttle. The further away you park from the LCA the cheaper it is. Fox Theater is $35, the two Comerica Park structures off the I-75 service drive are both $30. There are also several surface lots nearby, some let you pay in advance. Check out the parking map Want to reserve a spot? Try Parkwhiz.com or their app. Some bars also have shuttles for free or a couple bucks. PROTIP: Nemo's has the best shuttle drivers. Early birds park for free on Temple, Woodward, and in Brush Park across Woodward from the LCA but be careful where you park because the police will write tickets if you park illegally. Ask me how I know. The parking situation is always evolving so post your tips in the comments below.
Coming from Canada? There is a Windsor tunnel bus US/CAN$5.00 one way from the bus terminal downtown Windsor (Chatham and Church) to Cass Ave. and the I-75 service drive next to the LCA. Getting through immigration takes a few minutes. Have your passport and don't be drunk. Check the link above for service times and details.
The LCA doors open 1.5 hours before puck drop. There are four sets of doors one at each corner. The Chevy Plaza at the southwest corner has a large screen that shows pre-game hype videos and on occasion the live game. Also on occasion, there are beebeverage stands in the plaza as well as picnic games (e.g. corn hole). You may have to pass through security to enter the Chevy Plaza but no ticket scan until you enter the arena doors. LCA restaurants will let you in even earlier with a ticket but access to the concourse is blocked off until all doors open. PROTIP: in cold weather prior to main doors opening either hang out at the Box Office (northeast corner) or the District Market entrance just south of the Box Office.
You can sort of watch the players arrive by car (and visitors by bus) into the parking structure off Clifford north of the I-75 service drive. Get there at least 2 hours before puck drop.
The best photos of the LCA exterior are from the east side of Woodward just north of the westbound I-75 service drive looking at the building from the southeast corner. Photo
Will Call tickets at the box office located at the northeast corner of the arena off Woodward Ave.
There is a strict bag size policy enforced at the door. I’ve seen some upset people turned away at the doors. Know before you go.
You will have to go through a metal detector and may be subject to extra screening to enter the LCA.
Free WIFI is available inside as well as outside of the arena.
There are free game day programs inside the LCA at the entrances. Grab one because it has an arena map with section numbers and vendor locations including where to get Detroit and Michigan beers. Sometimes there are interesting articles too.
The Team Store souvenir shop is in the southwest corner of the LCA. The authentic signed gear and memorabilia located in the east end of the store. There are also vendors scattered around the via and upper concourse selling souvenirs. PROTIP: the LCA prices are high for swag. Buy your gear ahead of time online or at Vintage Detroit in Detroit or FanaticU and Hockeytown Authentics out in the suburbs.
Friendly ushers are everywhere to help out and answer your questions. Most will take your photo for you if you ask politely.
During warmups, fans congregate around the glass. Players come out at 30 minutes before game time for warmups. PROTIP: I recommend watching the Red Wings shoot at the net during warmups from behind the net on the glass in section 102/103. Hearing the puck smack the glass inches from your face is neat. Same for aisle for 115/116 on the visiting team side behind the net. The ushers will let you down to the ice level for warmups even if you don’t have tickets in that section.
The sea of banners is gone but the retired jerseys and Stanley Cup Championship banners remain. They are not the originals which are now hanging in the practice rink below the main rink. You may not see them until after hype video because they are retractable. The banners share the ceiling with the Pistons banners on the other side. PROTIP: The best photo op for the Red Wing banners is in front of the Fox Sports Detroit broadcast desk at the top of section 219.
There is a nice mix of old and new artwork in the LCA. Take some time before the game to walk around the lower and upper level concourses to see the manholes, the Howe, Lindsay, Delvecchio statues from the Joe, the original Olympia sign, murals of Red Wing greats. Look for the Red Wing logo at the northeast corner lower concourse made of auto parts. There are multiple selfie and photo spots too like the Red Wings bench and Little Caesars spear. The LCA is shared with the Detroit Pistons basketball team so you will see artwork and displays featuring their greats as well.
Every seat at the LCA has a view of the ice. Some seats in the upper level (rows 6 and above between the red lines) have obstructed views of the center ice score board but there displays mounted behind the gondolas. The layout of the seats are steep especially in the upper bowl where there is less leg room than lower bowl. Sections, rows, and seats are on your ticket but navigation is based on portals. Check your ticket for your portal, go to that, then find your section/row/seat. Sit in your own seat. If you see seats that are still empty well into the first period then move to them. If someone asks you to move out of their seat just do it. Explore the arena to check out different seat views. PROTIP: go up to portals 78-82 to check out the vertigo inducing view down from the gondola.
Get to your seat 10 minutes before puck drop to see the pre-game hype video on the huge scoreboard and on-ice projection.
The LCA has a custom organ with in-house organists that play before the hype video, end of intermissions, and between plays. Lance Luce is recognizable in his red sequined jacket. To see the organ go to the upper concourse behind section 301.
Most Red Wings fans are friendly people and quite knowledgeable about their team and the sport. Strike up a conversation and you'll probably learn something new.
Cheer for your visiting team but don't be a dick about it.
DO NOT STAND UP OUT OF YOUR SEAT WHILE THE PUCK IS IN PLAY.
The LCA has a strict no smoking policy. There is no smoking inside or anywhere outside of the arena at any door. If you leave the LCA to smoke you will not be readmitted.
No, that's not the goal horn from the Joe. It is a recording of the Joe horn and to many people it sounds dull, flat, and disappointing. The horn sound is louder in the lower bowl but then again the speakers are louder in the lower bowl and have a lot more bass than the upper bowl. I have complained to no avail.
Don't leave early! If the Red Wings win the DJ will play Don't Stop Believing in the final seconds or right after the game ends for you and thousands of your friends to sing along. The arena DJ plays music from multiple genres from Motown to country to pop and is known to take suggestions. He can be reached on Twitter @thehockeyjockey.
There is no public accessible spot for athlete autographs. The best opportunity for autographs is an event created for that purpose such as the Season Ticket Holder Open House, Fan Day Open House, or charity events like Toast of Hockeytown, Charity Poker Tournaments, as well as autograph signing events posted on facebook.
So to update you all on things, my hernia surgery went well and my intestines are back where they belong. Sadly I didn't have as much time to write as I would have liked, (pain meds will do that), but I managed to finally get chapter twelve done in time to give you all an extra dose of JVerse once you have finished our lord and savior's most recent chapter. (Story is continued in the comments) -------------------------------------------------------- <First><Previous><Next> -------------------------------------------------------- Date Point: 3 months, 2 weeks, 5 days A.V. Unnamed system Planet 4 ring system Requiem Michael Kepler "God damn I missed this," Michael said, flipping the Requiem around another asteroid, testing the limits of the inertial compensators. They had gotten lucky and found the perfect system to test out the newly retrofitted Requiem. The system in question turned out to be a binary system with some rocky bodies and a truly gorgeous blue gas giant that sported a system of ice rings that were just perfect for running the old girl through her paces. Michael gave the main thrusters all they could take, slipping through two asteroids seconds before they collided. There was a muffled cheer through the comms from the rest of the crew back onboard the Dawn. He had set up cameras all over the Requiem so his crew could watch. Right now only himself and Hephaestus were crazy enough to fly a ship built from scrap through one of the densest ring systems on record. Even Ralthin wasn't that crazy, having said that he'd rather shoot the rocks instead. They dodged, dived, and weaved their way through the belt for another half an hour before Michael got a comms ping. He angled the ship "up" and rocketed out of the belt so he could answer without having to dodge rocks. "What's up," Michael asked, angling the ship so he was cruising parallel to the rings. Goralin's face showed up on the screen, "We just synced with Haven's network, and you've got a message from Gabby." Before they had left Haven Michael had signed them up as Gabby's new security force. To keep in touch in case of an emergency Michael had purchased an FTL comms array and had set it up to sync with the local network on Haven every week. Of course, if there was an actual emergency he had spent a small fortune on a pair of quantum entangled arrays for instantaneous recall. The fact that Goralin's ears had a mischievous tilt meant that this wasn't an emergency. Meaning that it was probably the favor he had asked before they left. "Alright, prep the hangar bay. I'm gonna test the emergency recall drive," Michael said, cutting the thrusters and letting the ship coast. "Copy that Michael. Wait to jump until we give you the signal," Goralin said, closing the channel. Michael switched over to the intercom, "Sorry Hephaestus, looks like we're gonna have to cut this short." "It isss fine," Hephaestus said with the barest hint of a chuckle, "If the messsage isss from Gabby I can only think of one reassson. We are going hunting!" "Cool your jets, we still haven't heard it yet," Michael said, running the ship through the pre-jump sequence, "All set to jump?" One other little upgrade they did was to configure a jump drive onboard the Requiem so they could get back to the Dawn in a hurry. The only downside was that the hangar bay had to be depressurized so the sudden appearance of the Requiem didn't create a hull rupturing pressure wave. "All sssyssstemsss are green," Hephaestus said back through the comms, "Ready for jump." It was only a few more seconds until Michael got the comms ping signaling that the hangar bay was ready. Michael's finger hovered over the button, "Jumping in three...two...one." He pushed the button and the ship was inside the Dawn, perfectly centered in the hangar bay. The docking clamps engaged and the bay was pressurized in minutes. Michael ran through the shutdown sequence, unstrapped himself from the pilot seat and met Hephaestus in the airlock. They double-checked the atmospheric readout on the panel before opening the outer door. Even though Michael was wearing his armor and had no fear of stepping into hard vacuum, Hephaestus was basically naked, so it paid to be careful. They made their way up to the bridge, stopping by the mess to apologize for cutting the show short and so Michael could grab a quick snack. One downside of his new armor was that he burned a lot more calories than he ever did wearing his old suit. He walked the rest of the way up to the bridge with Hephaestus in tow. When he opened the door to the bridge Goralin turned around in the copilot's seat, "You enjoy yourselves," he asked with a slightly mischievous tilt to his ears. "Yeah!" Michael said enthusiastically, "and I gotta say, yinz missed a hell of a ride." "I'll have to take your word on that one," Goralin said with a chitter, "Anyway, while we were waiting, I went through the files that were attached to the message and it looks like she sent us a good one." "Oh," Michael asked, interested, "she send anything else?" "Just a few video files," Goralin trailed off. Michael looked around to see the rest of the bridge crew barely able to hold back their chittering. So they were those kinds of videos… Michael sighed, "Put the important one up on the main screen. I'll take a look at the rest later." Goralin flicked his ears in amusement and brought up the message file. Gabby appeared on the main screen, thankfully wearing her work outfit, with a cqcq cigarette in her hand, "Long time no see," she said, taking a hit and blowing the smoke off-screen, "I had my contacts do some digging and they found a good one. There's no bounty, sadly, but I don't think you'll have a problem with that. Everything you'll need should be in the files I sent along with some...other things I know you'll like," she winked at the camera, "Hoping to hear back from you soon." "Did she send a location," Michael asked, turning toward Goralin. "Already punched in," Goralin said with a pant-grin. "Good man," Michael said with a gentle clap on Goralin's shoulder, "Prep the ship for warp, I'm gonna head to my quarters to uhh…review the other files she sent and get a reply together to send over during the next sync." Michael left the bridge to sound of barely contained chittering from the crew and made his way back to his quarters. When he reached the mess heard raised voices coming from inside. So he stopped to eavesdrop just outside the door. "For the last time Jilink," Guln said, "I have absolutely no interest in your insane delusions. No matter how...impressive you may find the humans in their mating practices!" "Oh come now," Jilink said dismissively, "You seriously cannot believe that the way our species handles reproduction is good for our long term survival can you?" "What other choice do we have," Guln asked, "we have long since passed the point of being biologically able to reproduce, but that is beside the point," he lowered his voice, "it was simply proposing the idea of reverting back to biological reproduction that made you one of the few Corti that had their banner status stripped all the way down to yellow." "That was just because those in the Directorate are too narrow-minded to see past their own hubris," Jilink said angrily, "it was only when I started unlocking and splicing genes that had been previously bred out that I started to question their rhetoric. If you would just let me-" "No! I will not hear of it. Mess with your own genetic code all you want, but I will not have you turning myself and Kilnq into genetic freaks," Guln said, moments before storming out of the mess. He ignored Michael and headed off toward the med bay. Michael poked his head into the mess and saw Jilink sitting alone, forlornly picking at a plate of steamed mushrooms and cqcq. She looked up as he walked over, "If you are going to play at eavesdropping you might want to consider that we can feel your every step through the deck plating," she said with a shrewd look. "So what was your banner status," Michael asked bringing over a chair that could support the weight of himself and his armor. He sat down and took off his helmet, placing it on the table in front of him. "No remorse and straight to the point I see," she let out a deep sigh, "Before I began...experimenting...on myself, I was a silver banner." From what Michael knew about Corti social structure, Jilink had been next to royalty. To give all that up... "Fuck," Michael said, recovering from his jaw practically denting the table, "Why the hell did you give that up?" "To advance my species of course," she said, her eyes boring into Michael's, "we may be the most technologically advanced in the galaxy, but as a species we Corti have fallen behind tremendously. I may be too brazen in saying this, but we are on the brink." "On the brink," Michael asked, "the brink of what?" Jilink's expression hardened, "The brink of terminal decline, and unless something is done my species will fade into obscurity." "And that something was playing with your own genetics," Michael asked, confused. "Not playing," Jilink said, waving one finger back and forth, "Improving. As we are, the Corti are far from ideal. Intelligent and quick-witted yes, but we lack the physicality to endure as a species for much longer." "And that has to do with what Guln said about the way yinz reproduce," Michael asked, even more confused, "you mean yinz don't have kids naturally?" "As a matter of fact, we do not. Every Corti is grown in a birthing tank," Jilink said matter of factly, "there hasn't been a natural birth for millennia." "Well that's all kinds of fucked up," Michael said, shaking his head, "and they kicked you out for wanting to go back to the way things are supposed to be?" "Precisely. You see, reverting back to biological reproduction would necessitate drastic changes to our biology. It is also the reason why I am so fascinated with how other species reproduce. I have been able to get a wealth of medical data on the subject, but the one thing that most species lack is information on how to make the act more enjoyable. Your species, however," she pointed at Michael's chest, "seems to excel in that regard." "I can see your point," Michael said with a chuckle. "Needless to say there are some practices that simply watching recordings cannot fully explain. You do not mind answering some questions do you," Jilink asked excitedly. Michael shrugged, "I got time. Ask away." Jilink pulled a small tablet from her set of pouches and tapped in a few commands, "I'll start with something that has perplexed me for some time now. Tell me, what is the exact purpose of a bukkake?" ---------- Ten thousand kilometers astern of the Radiant Dawn Whispering Breeze Agent One Six Two Something was wrong. He had been trying to link to the infrared module that was hidden next to the engine cluster on that accursed human's ship for over [an hour] only to receive no response. He double and triple checked that his ship was aligned correctly and found not the barest hint of any discrepancy. This left two possibilities, either the module had malfunctioned, or it had been taken offline. Given the extremely stable nature of current solid-state electronics, the latter of the two options seemed the most probable. He was now forced to consider alternative plans to get the information he needed. One option was to take over one of the human's crew, but the chances of finding one of them alone long enough for him to adjust to the new sensory input were astronomical at best. There was always the option of simply biodroning all the implanted crew, but with the proven combat capabilities of the human and his pet abomination, there was no guarantee of successfully taking over the ship. That left only one option that had any probability of success. Once the human's ship was out of the system and had no hope of detecting him, One Six Two punched in the codes for the only jump beacon that the human had deployed. ---------- Date point: 4 months, 2 weeks, 5 days AV Sol system Earth Allegheny National Park Daniel Mackovich After the Vancouver incident life had gone on pretty much the same as always. As much as he hated to admit it, Daniel wished the aliens had caused more damage. As it was now, people had already moved on. Of course, every news outlet on the planet had milked the story dry within a week, but since nobody other than the aliens had died the story that humanity was no longer alone in the universe had been replaced by the same old shit. Shootings, trouble in the Middle East, China violating human rights, the usual stuff. Both he and David were sick of it. So they had planned a little something to get away. That little something happened to be a camping trip out in Allegheny National Park. Not the biggest excursion by a long shot, but it seemed a couple of days out in the woods was just what the doctor ordered. The first night was just perfect. No rain or swarms of mosquitos, just hours of watching caveman TV with a good meal cooked over the fire to finish out the night. They had been watching the weather and had made sure that there wasn't the barest hint of rain, but it looked like the curse of his old Boy Scout troop had followed him. It had started raining shortly after lunch on the second day. Thanks to a few tricks he'd learned in said cursed Boy Scout troop, Daniel was able to get the fire going, even though all their wood was soaked, so they were at least able to cook their dinner under the tarp David had rigged up over the fire pit. "Well, it wasn't what we were expecting," David said, looking out of the tent, "but I can think of worse ways to spend the evening." "My old scout troop was called the Rain Makers after all," Daniel said with a chuckle, snuggling a little closer to David, "At least the company's better this time around." They sat and watched for a while, listening to the gentle sound of the rain on their tent. David turned around and rummaged around in his bag for a few moments before turning back and locking eyes with Daniel. "Well...I was hoping for a better opportunity but," David trailed off. Daniel looked down at what David was holding in his hand and his breath caught in his throat. "Daniel, will you marry me?" ---------- Date point: 9 months, 1 week, 2 days AV Far Reaches Cimbrean Radiant Dawn Michael Kepler They had made the trip out in astonishingly good time thanks to the black box drive on the Radiant Dawn. Fast as their ship was it had still taken them around six months to reach this little speck of nowhere. However, the extra time gave Michael the chance to work out some armor for his Gaoian crewmates. They had to stop and resupply before they could manufacture any of it though. It seemed that they had burned through most of their supplies for the nanofac with the Requiem's retrofit. The armor they had worked out was much like Hephaestus' in the way that it relied heavily on lightweight composite plates instead of heavy alloys like Michael's. The plus side was that Hephaestus had worked out a composite that could take multiple hits from a heavy pulse cannon before failing. Not that the Gaoians would be taking much fire though, each one had a portable cloaking generator to make the best use of their natural talent for sneaking. There was one problem with the suits though, they had to be kept loose to accommodate the Gaoians' fur. Which meant that they would have to rely on shield harnesses for protection against the vacuum of space. Not the best prospect in Michael's mind, but they didn't seem to have the aversion to relying on forcefield tch like he did. And since Michael wanted some semblance of a uniform for his new band of mercs, the chest plate and helmet had kept as much of the standard Mandalorian looks as possible. The helmet was kinda tricky, considering that the Gaoians had much longer noses than humans, as well as ears that came out of the top of their heads. In the end, Gaoians had to deal with the minor discomfort of having their ears squished down, but it was worth it if they wanted to have their heads protected. As for the stereotypical "T" shaped visor, Michael settled on a shortened version, ending just above the Gaoians' snouts with a protrusion to cover their nose and mouth. It also had the benefit of allowing the Gaoians to personalize the lower portion, and once one of them had painted fangs on his, the rest had followed suit. Michael had to admit, it looked totally badass. The extra time also gave them the chance to develop their arsenal. The standard pulse guns were ditched in favor of coilguns. Most of the Gaoians went with something like an AR-15. They were lightweight, with a variable power setting so they didn't over-penetrate their targets if they were inside a ship or station. The real treat was what the brownies came up with though. The crazy fuckers had amped up their coilguns to a heavy machine gun type thing that could send a withering hailstorm of slugs at whatever unfortunate thing that happened to be on the receiving end. However, it seemed that all of the Gaoians took a liking to Hephaestus' fusion claws and had added their own to finish out their already terrifying array of weapons. They had spent three of the local days cloaked in a high polar orbit mapping the planet and trying to find the location of the palace that was supposed to be here. The only reason it took that long was that they were using passive scans to prevent the discovery of their ship. Since they were stuck in orbit Michael had left it up to the bridge crew to notify him when they found anything. To pass the time and get a better feel on things he had been going through the files on their target. After cross-referencing them with the data from the Twisted Suns it seemed that this particular fucknut had an affinity for ordering Rickytics and Vizkiticks among a smattering of a dozen other species. It couldn't be...could it? Michael dug deeper into the records until he found the right entry. Shit. "Ship," Michael said as he got up from his desk and stretched, still marveling at just how flexible his new armor was. He got a response ping. "Where is Irk?" "Irk is in hydroponics," the ship said through his room's intercom in a perfect replica of Cortana’s voice. Michael didn't know why, but using Cortana's voice for the ship just felt right. Michael grabbed his helmet and locked it in place. "Send him a message that I'm on my way. There's something I need to talk to him about." Michael went to hydroponics and found Irk in his personal corner behind their crop of cqcq minding his bonsai garden. He had originally got the idea from watching Karate Kid of all things. When they had stopped at Haven Irk had purchased a bunch of seedlings from all over the galaxy. As it turned out most of them had the same reaction as Earth trees when they were root-bound inside a small pot. With a little help from some space magic in the form of time acceleration fields, he had more than a dozen perfectly healthy miniature trees. With careful management, Irk had produced some truly fantastical shapes. Hell, he even had one "pot" that was levitating with trees growing out of both the top and bottom. When Michael walked over Irk turned around, "Ah, Michael. You have something you wanted to speak to me about?" "Yeah," Michael said, taking off his helmet and setting it down on the table next to the levitating bonsai trees, "It's about our target." Irk gave him a quizzical look, tilting his head slightly to the side. Michael took a deep breath, "There was a bit of a mix up on the part of the Twisted Suns. Your lifemate and child were actually supposed to be shipped here." "But...the Hunters," Irk trailed off. "That's not all," Michael said, shaking his head, "I really don't have a good way to say this...but it looks like the scumbag we're after wanted you and your family specifically." Irk slumped to the deck, lost for words. "I did some digging into the data we got from the Twisted Suns," Michael said, bringing up the file and sending it to Irk's tablet. It pinged and Irk pulled it out of its pouch with shaking hands. He hesitated for a moment before opening it. Delicately, he tapped the icon and read the file. Irk put the tablet back into its pouch and was silent for a few moments before he gathered his legs under himself and stood up to his full height. He looked directly at Michael, "I have only one request." "Name it," Michael said, locking eyes with Irk. "Bring the bastard to me alive," Irk said with enough bile dripping off the borrowed human curse word to make Michael flinch. No sooner had Irk walked out of hydroponics did Michael receive a notification from the bridge crew. He put his helmet back on and answered the comms. "Yinz found something," he asked, exiting hydroponics and making his way up to the bridge. "Yeah," Goralin said through the comms, "and you're gonna want to see this." "On my way," Michael said, breaking into a run for the hundred-ish meters to the bridge. He exploded into the bridge and skidded to a halt right next to Goralin. Michael was a little out of breath, but it wasn't too bad considering the weight of his armor. Practically living in the suit had its benefits sometimes. Goralin eyed Michael with a hint of amusement "Excited?" "Damn right," Michael said with a chuckle, "we've only been orbiting this dirtball for three days. What'd you find?" "See for yourself," Goralin said with a pant-grin, bringing up what looked like a palace on the main screen. Michael let out a long whistle, "Damn that had to cost a pretty penny." What was on screen was possibly the most egregious display of wealth that Michael had ever seen, aside from his own ship of course. Camera tech was really something else out here, they had to be at least a hundred and fifty kilometers up, but the pictures were clear enough that Michael could see the contents of the gardens surrounding the enormous palace complex. He'd read the specs when he had the sensor suite overhauled, but the fact that their ground facing camera was in the hundred gigapixel range never quite hit home until he had actually used it. "Cost a what," Goralin asked, tilting his head slightly. "Oh, sorry," Michael said, a little embarrassed, "it's an expression for a fuckton of money." Goralin chittered, "Well the palace isn't the only thing that cost a pretty penny. We found something else too." The next thing that came up on the screen left Michael totally speechless. Not too far off the coast was a yacht so big it was practically a floating island. Hell, it even had football-field sized space in the middle that was containing a miniature forest. "Well if they're anywhere, our target's probably on that yacht," Michael said, gesturing to the screen. Goralin zoomed in on it, "It looks like there's a landing pad big enough to land the Requiem near the back." "Well, it's our lucky day then," Michael said, turning back toward the door, "get an assault team ready. We're dropping in an hour." "An assault team," Goralin asked, his ears going slightly back. Michael stopped and turned back around, "Rich fucker like that's gotta be able to afford some really good security, and not the average Chennash mercs either." "Right," Goralin said, "I know Ralthin's gonna be damn happy to finally get a good fight for once," he finished with a slight chitter. The next hour flew by in a flurry of activity as the assault team got the message and scrambled to get into their armor. Thankfully they didn't need to load any cargo into the Requiem, and they already had all their extra weapons stored onboard. Michael made a stop by his quarters to grab his coilgun and its barrel attachments. On a whim, he dug out his antique revolver and strapped it to his hip. He had to stop and laugh at the absurdity of carrying a black powder revolver that was made in eighteen seventy-six, but something just felt right about bringing the old girl along. He made it to the hangar bay just as everyone was getting situated. Hephaestus was already onboard the Requiem running through the preflight checks from his station near the quantum stacks so all Michael had to do was wait for the rest of the assault team to show up. When everyone was strapped in and had their gear stowed for the drop he stepped out to the open space in the middle of the Requiem's cargo area. "Alright," Michael said, running his eyes over the seated Gaoians, "it's our first mission and from the looks of things, it's not gonna be an easy one. We're going in blind and this fucker's probably paranoid enough to have hired some decent security. They won't be like the pirate scum yinz are probably used to. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if there's a company of Allebenellin mercs waiting for us." Michael paused and let that sink in for a moment, "The main problem is that the yacht we're gonna be landing on is fucking huge. So the plan's pretty simple myself, Hephaestus, Ralthin, and the brownies are gonna raise hell so all the rest of yinz can use your cloaking fields to the best advantage. Sweeping the ship for any other hostiles while looking for our target." That got some chittering out of them. "As for our target," Michael said, starting to pace back and forth in front of the seated Gaoians, "he's a Robalin with some… strong opinions on other sentient life. Apparently, this guy acquired his fortune thanks to some kind of breakthrough in medical tech and bought the palace at an auction when the previous owner's trading company went under thanks to some very poor business deals and Hunter raids on their ships. Ever since, he's lived a comfortable life on Cimbrean buying slaves from the Twisted Suns for God knows what reason," Michael let out a long sigh, "And as much as I'd like to end this guy the second we find him, Irk wants him alive. It seems that this fucker is the one that got Irk's family captured by the Twisted Suns." "An that's why we're not just gonna blast the boat," Yeg asked. "Exactly," Michael said, pausing to congratulate him, "there also might be slaves still on board, so any we find get to come back with us. Any questions?" "Yeah," one of the other brownies spoke up, "when are ya gonna quit talkin' so we can have some fun?" Michael laughed, "Alright alright, I get it," he said, vaulting up the ramp to the cockpit, "hold on to your tails, it's gonna be a bumpy ride." Michael entered the cockpit and closed the door behind him, and once he was in the pilot seat he opened the intercom, "We ready to go?" "The ssship isss ready to depart Michael," Hephaestus said back eagerly. Michael gave the signal to the hangar crew and waited while they depressurized the hangar bay and opened the outer door. Michael opened a channel to the bridge, "Yinz keep an eye out while we're planetside, we might need to come back in a hurry." "Just make sure you don't die down there," Goralin said with a slight chitter, "We'll be waiting for you." "We'll make sure to come back in one piece," Michael said with a chuckle, quickly running through the preflight checks. Hephaestus had already done them so all he had to do was to glance at the display and be sure that all systems were green, "but if yinz are that worried, I'll broadcast the view from my helmet cam." "You know," Goralin said, "I was gonna suggest the same thing. It'll make for good entertainment." "You got that right," Michael said entering the command to release the docking clamps, "Undocking now," Michael said closing the channel and backing the ship out of the hangar bay. Once he was clear of the ship Michael angled the Requiem toward the planet and threw the throttle all the way forward. "Uunngfhhh...Fyu's balls," Ralthin growled through the comms, "I forgot about that." "Yinz okay back there," Michael asked, pulling the throttle slightly back. "Other than bein' crushed inta our seats we're fine," Ralthin said back with a forced chitter. "Hey, I said it was gonna bumpy ride," Michael said with a smirk. They made the rest of the trip down in silence and before long they were punching a hole through the atmosphere leaving a flaming trail of plasma behind them. The yacht appeared on the radar when they were still twenty kilometers up, not that Michael needed sensors to find the thing, he could already see it. Floating island was right, the damned thing had to be nearly as big as the Dawn. When they were about ten kilometers out the comms panel lit up. Out of curiosity, Michael opened the channel. "Unidentified vessel you are appro-" Michael closed the channel, his curiosity stated for the moment. No use talking with them anyway. He closed the rest of the distance gradually slowing down so they wouldn't overshoot. When they got within a kilometer Michael had to admit that the yacht was a truly beautiful ship. It had three hulls connected together by an expansive main deck that swept into a sharp point at the bow where the main hull was cutting through the waves. The most prominent feature being the forest in the middle of the ship protected from the elements by the telltale shimmer of a forcefield. The landing pad near the stern was suspiciously empty, but when Michael brought the Requiem closer he noticed that it had some kind of door in the middle. No doubt it was used for bringing whatever landed down into some kind of hangar. There was no way the Requiem would fit into said hangar, but it looked like the pad was just large enough to set the ship down. Strangely, the yacht seemed to be holding course, almost inviting him to land. He activated the inter-ship comms, "Looks like they're actually gonna let us land. The second we touch down I want the brownies out first. Shoot first, ask questions later." Michael flipped the ship around so she was hovering just above the deck and matched speed with the yacht. He lined it up using the docking camera and set her down with a gentle thump. The very next thing he did was take control of the nose turrets, aiming them at the only door in the aft section of the yacht. He set the ship in low power mode instead of completely shutting down just in case they needed to make a quick getaway, and watched through the turret camera feed as the brownies stormed out of the ship and took their positions. Sloppy by any kind of military standards, but it didn't seem like there was anyone to greet them. Michael unstrapped himself and grabbed his coilgun from the rack next to the door. Walking down the ramp was always tricky thanks to the gravity weirdness, but thankfully he didn't stumble when he stepped off into the planet's own gravity. "No one to meet us," he said, stepping out into the sunlight. Ralthin glanced back at Michael over his shoulder, "I don't like this at all. Even through this helmet, it smells all kindsa wrong." Hephaestus came up behind Michael, "Thisss feelsss like a trap." "Couldn't agree with you more buddy," Michael said, walking forward to the door. "What'd ya wanna do," Ralthin said following close behind. Michael glanced at Ralthinand smirked, "Spring the trap."
With another month over, it’s time for another release, and MAME 0.209 is sure to have something to interest everyone. We’ve cracked the encryption on the Fun World CPU blocks, making Fun World Quiz, Joker Card, Mega Card, Power Card, Multi Win, Saloon and Nevada playable. Regular contributor shattered has added Кузьмич-Егорыч (Kuzmich-Egorych), a Russian Mario Brothers bootleg running on heavily modified Apple II hardware. In other Apple II news, CD-ROM drives now work with the Apple II SCSI card, and another batch of cleanly cracked floppies has been added to the software list. The NES SimCity prototype has been added to the software list, along with MMC5 improvements to support it, and better emulation for Famicom cartridges with on-board sound chips. Henrik Algestam has continued his Game & Watch work, bringing Popeye (wide screen) and Zelda to MAME. Chess computer support has been expanded with Fidelity Chess Challenger 3, and additional versions of Applied Concepts Boris, and Novag Super Expert and Super Forte. Newly supported arcade games include Akka Arrh (an Atari title that failed location testing), Little Casino II, a French version of Empire City: 1931, and additional versions of Dock Man and Street Heat. A better LM3900 op-amp model means Money Money and Jack Rabbit are no longer missing the cassa (bass drum) channel, and mixing between music and speech is improved. Bug fixes include the Rockwell AIM 65 being returned to working order, working support for multiple light guns on Linux from Kiall, corrected screen freeze behaviour on Deniam hardware from cam900, and better flashing characters on the Sinclair QL from vilcans. You can get the source and Windows binary packages from the download page.
MAMETesters Bugs Fixed
03122: [DIP/Input] (ltcasino.cpp) mv4in1, ltcasino, ltcasinn: Service Mode DIP switch does not work. (Dirk Best)
05291: [Sound] (coco3.cpp) All drivers in coco.c: ORC90 emulation has no sound output. (Nigel Barnes)
apple2_flop_orig: Apple-oids and Chipout, Arcade Album #1, Arkanoid, The Blade of Blackpoole, BurgerTime, Dig Dug, Escape From Rungistan, Fantavision, The Flockland Island Crisis, Kabul Spy, Lazer Silk, Maze Craze Construction Set, Peeping Tom, The Print Shop Color, Robots of Dawn, Rocky's Boots (version 4.0), Spider Raid, Star Blazer, Star Warrior, Super Bunny, Type Attack, Warp Destroyer, Wizardry III: Legacy of Llylgamyn (version 4, 20-Aug-1983 update), Zaxxon, Zork I: The Great Underground Empire (revision 5) [4am, Firehawke]
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